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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

976 Reviews
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - beautifully cascading bubbles as it pours, 3 fingers of foamy dark tan head atop a beautiful stout black body with red/orange highlights; superior head retention and beautiful lacing

S - rich roast malts, coffee, lactic notes, sweet molasses, smoky; complex and inviting

T - bittersweet roast malts, earthy hops in the background, smoke, notes of coffee, roast malt flavor lingers for a bittersweet finish; delightfully complex

M - oily medium body, low/medium carbonation, silky smooth; thinner than it looks, but not bad

O - Everything is pretty close to perfect except the mouthfeel, which could stand to be a touch heavier. The only real downside here is the price tag.

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Photo of sdawson
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Anderson Valley's Barney Flats pours thick and black. There's quite a bit more lacing than usual for a stout with this one, and it stays throughout. It smells of deep bittersweet cocoa and sweetened coffee -- all said, not the complexest of scents, but it works well for the style nonetheless. There's a slightly surprising kick of citrus fruit bitterness on the palate with this one, which is soon followed by deep dry, roasted coffee notes. More appealing still is the texture -- this perfectly displays the oatmeal stouts ability to yield a silky, slippery, yet still full-bodied brew. The ample carbonation, while I would not have expected it to, truly works in this beer's favor.

When the trend right now is to make all stouts monster brews packed with high ABV and intense flavors, Barney Flats surprises, and makes a clear win, by managing to be both subtle and complex. It's definitely a beer to sip and relax to, at a great price.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal stout in a can? Gotta love that...

Pours a beautiful black color with a nice fluffy tan-brown head, which doesnt seem to stick around very long.

The aroma of chocolate literally leaps out of the glass at me as I'm first pouring the beer. I also notice notes of toffee, malts, and maybe even some dark fruit buried deep in there somewhere.

The flavor is chocolatey and malty up front, almost like a milkshake. It finishes with a more robust, roasty, almost smokey finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Glad I bought atleast a 6er of them and not just a single. I hope to find tomorrow that there is still some of it left on the shelf.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is very nice. It has a lot of nice roast with a tad of coffee beans and a healthy mixture of raisins, currants, plums, and figs.

Appearance is spot on, it's dark dark brown, when held to the light there is a lighter brown hue that takes over the color. The head is a nice frothy tan with attractive lacing.

Whoa! The taste on Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is incredible! The bitterness isn't harsh at all, it's very smooth. Light roast flavors dominate here, like toasted biscotti dunked in coffee.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel as well, lower carbonation levels allowed me to enjoy the beer for what it was, and the lighter body was also surprising. I love this beer overall.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks really nice. Pours jet black with a cream, 1" head. Lacing is great.

Smell - Sweet and Roasted malts accompanied by nuts, cocoa, dark fruits, and oats.

Taste - Wow! Some sweetness on the front tip followed by some chocolate and oats. Hops are a bit dry and there is a slight fruitiness.

Mouth - Body is lighter than I wish it was. Carbonation is light and it gets a bit dry after a bit.

Overall - This is damn good stuff. Really drinkable. It lost some points due to the body being so light, but it makes up for it in taste and smell. Buy on sight.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite fizzy. Reminiscent of Guinness with strong chocolate taste and smell of oatmeal. Almost no foam.
PS : Was recommended to us as a breakfast beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is malt driven and matches the taste, excellent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very thick and viscose yielding a dark opaque, near black color with a dense, rocky bone white head sitting atop which stuck around for awhile before leaving a good streaky lacing.

S: sweet roasted chocolate and oates with some light fresh coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor had a big chocolate backing with creamy oats, milk chocolate, sweet roasted grains and dark molasses. Some light coffee notes and an earthy bitterness.

M: full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth and silky with a great lingering roasted character.

D: Very good, can definitely down a couple of these no problem. Six pack worthy and a great example per style that should bring many a future enjoyment.

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful oatmeal stout in every way. I am a fan of the style and a fan of this beer! Thanks froggyfrog for sharing this one.

Appearance: This beer looked black to me with a light chocolate brown head.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: This is what beer is all about. When it enters your mouth and time seems to go in slow motion, like the caramel topping on a commercial takes forever to drip down around the ice-cream, the slow-motion effect happens when a beer is both rich in body and flavor. The burnt caramel, espresso, dark malt, oat flavor drizzled over my tongue in slow motion. This is the sensation that heaven will be like =) This beer is so well balanced with just the perfect hoppy finish I don't have words to describe.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth. The texture is what the chocolate looks like when you go on the ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Drinkability: Fat Dog step aside. I'm placing my order for Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free bottle of this to take home with me when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA recently. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that has no interest in letting in any light to speak of. Has a tan head that is about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a few small swirls of foam on the beer's surface. I wish the lacing was a bit better though. Very nice roasted caramel malts, roasted coffee, and chocolate notes that are quite pleasant on the nose. the taste is pretty much the same, with excellent roasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some roasted coffee bitterness and a nice hint of chocolate sweetness and oatmeal that is all rounded out with a touch of hop bitterness. Not the most complex flavor profile, but damn good and oh so spot on for the style! Has a somewhat crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly and sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially for this style. A quite enjoyable choice on my part on this cool summer night here in Cleveland. I will drink this again for sure. Worth a try for sure to say the least.


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Photo of Tone
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of oatmeal sweetness as well. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Really smooth and thick mouth feel. Carbonation level is average and the bitterness level is average as well. Tastes of a sweetness up front, from the oatmeal and chocolate. The roasted malts come through in the middle of the brew. A very slight hop bitterness is apparent in the finish. Overall, a smooth beer with multiple malt flavors throughout.

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Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a nice well-retained head. Aroma is very chocolatey with a bit of roasted quality. Taste is very sweet. Chocolate stands out the most. Slight floral hop taste in the finish, but overall a very sweet brew. There aren't many oatmeal stouts out there, but this one rivals even the most well known of them.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Obsidian in color and a nice cloudy head. Overlapping lacing as it creeps down my glass. The taste is earthy with no hint of burnt grain as is common with some stouts. Sweet, chewy, with an evocation of sweaty love while driving on the interstate. Smooth and satisfying. One of my favorites.

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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black brew that has a creamy tan head.

Aroma - A little smoke and molasses.

Mouthfeel - The mouth feel is an enigma. It's a full bodied velvety smooth brew that turns slightly watery and wet before changing to a dry finish.

Taste - Light molasses flavor up front followed by a smoky flavor that gives way to a dry roasted oats taste. There is a light floral background that works its way through the taste from beginning to end.

Overall - One of the best stouts I've ever had. Super complex and sophisticated in taste and texture.

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Photo of originalsin
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've always been a big fan of Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin IPA-such a typical west coast ale so, having so much free time today, I picked up 3 bombers of Anderson Valley's other offerings. Number 1 on my list is their oatmeal stout. Here we go.

A- This is a good looking stout. The color is quite dark, almost like a dark caramel-coffee color. There's some head on the pour that retains for a bit before retracting to a ring of lacing around the top of my pint glass.

S- My nose is a little stuffy but I get some chicory and a decent amount of dark chocolate as well as the toasted oat/biscuit aroma that's so prevalent among this style of brew.

T- The taste doesn't differ greatly from the aroma. The biscuit flavor is certainly there, as well as some dark chocolate and the aftertaste lingers for quite a bit- first a very faint bitterness followed by the unmistakable taste of flaked oats. mmmm

M- This is a really robust and complex beer. I love it. A bit watery, perhaps, but barely. It's got a great mouthfeel.

D- Oh of course. It goes down so easy. Really a tasty beer that I'd recommend to just about anyone.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic stout!

Appearance: pours deep brown/black with a brown foamy head. Little carbonation bubbles cascading up the glass.

Smell: smells sweet with hints of grain, brown sugar, and oats. Also a malty aroma bellows out of the glass

Taste: Big and bold. Hints of malt, oats, and a sweet finish make this a very tasty and drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light. The combination of sweetness and carbonation make this stout beer very light on the palate

Drinkability: More, more, more! Big and bad like a stout but the sweet finish could easily make this a session for me.

Overall: outstanding oatmeal stout. A must try for this style and for stout lovers all over the planet!!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black and no light can come through my glass. The head is brown, thick, with great lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, coffee and some pine hops.

Taste toasty/smokey chocolates. Some burnt malts even? Alcohol taste is there but not overpowering. Bitterness and smokiness on the afterbite.

Mouthfeel is sweet, thick malts. Good carbonation.

A good stout. Borderline sipper. Somthing seems to one dimentional on the tastes. I would like this again some day.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, thick, cocoa brown head, and a color as black as the night. Aromas of chocolate, and espresso. Texture and mouthfeel are ideal for this style, one of my favorites: luscious, rich, and wonderfully roasty! Dark and bitter finish, but alive with hoppiness. Excellent balance, smooth and tasty, absolutely delicious. Beautiful and rewarding finish that goes on and on... This one is my #3 American oatmeal stout, behind Rogue and Bell's. Good job, AV!

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Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with a large and rocky two-finger tan head. Retention is minimal however, here is a medium amount of lacing that graces the side of the glass. When held to the light a small amount of carbonation is present. From the initial look, this appears very tasty.

The first thing I notice is the aroma of freshly brewed black coffee. There is a nice amount of roasted malt and oats as well. The smell is rounded out with a dash of sweetness that reminds me of Hershey's dark chocolate. This is exactly what I want to smell in an Oatmeal Stout.

There is a nice creaminess here. The taste is coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. There is also a slight tartness that reminds me of sour cherries. There is a a tad of hop bitterness in the end that is barely noticeable. No trace of alcohol in the finish.

This is one of my new favorite stouts. There is a perfect balance of flavors here. The dark chocolate sweetness balances well with the coffee and roasted malt flavors. The slight bitterness is the icing on the cake. I could definitely drink more than one of these in a sitting and at 5.7% abv. I should be able to walk home.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impressive aroma of dark roast malts and huge fruity fermentationm esters of ripe pit fruit like plums and nectarines. Plus you're usual assortment of chocolate and cofee hints of a good big ass stout.

Very dark with a small but very thick brown head. Exactly what I want to see in my glass if I'm having a stout.

First flavor is very sweet from hihg levels of malt. But in the mid-palate that's countered but great roast flavor and nice, but not high hop bitterness. There's some fruit fermentation character but it is way underneath the roasty, malty flavors and a bit hard to pick out. Aftertaste is both chocolatey and a little bit roasty.

Full bodied and extra creamy in your mouth. This is where the oatmeal seems to be most apparant. Very good.

Extremely drinkable big stout. It's not an RIS so it doesn't just wallop you with hops or roast. It all comes together nicely and makes a good sipping beer or a great food beer. It's actually smooth enough that you might get people who "won't drink stout" to find some common ground here. One of my favorites of this style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark black, monster 3+ inch head and tons of thick lacing. About perfect for a stout.

Smell - Oatmeal, malts, Chocolate, coffee, some spices, cocoa, some hops.

Taste - Bakers chocolate? Malts, roasted/nutty. Cocoa and some dark fruits also. Oatmeal flavor also, which is grainy and smooth. Not overly sweet, nor bitter, very very balanced. Chocolate comes in near the end to give it a complete flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thick beer, but light and smooth on tounge, lots of malts, some light fruits and a little sweet chocolate. Palette gets remaining malts and chocolates with some cocoa. Aftertaste is mild, smooth, malty and cocoa.

Overall - Excellent, so drinkiable and enjoyable. Perfect balance of sweet, bitter and roasted. The price is insane affordable, which only adds to it. World class, must find more!

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Photo of rembrant
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look, Opaque black with a hint of deep brown.

Aroma Malts,grain,fresh bread,a hint of raisin and coffee

Taste, Rich and Malty. I have liked this chilled up a bit more than what some folks want stout at, but I have had it before at cellar temp,and warmer does bring up some of the subtle tastes.

The hops give a subtle edge but don't dominate. There's a subtle graceful dance with the hops and malts in a fine harmony,and the oatmeal showing up to take a bow. The Oats are present,seem gently toasted. Some O-stouts have no oats in the flavor,this blends it into whatever array of malts for a very nice base.

Don't expect the big bang of an Imperial Stout like Storm King This baby is smooth as silk and balanced,but no big fanfare that blows away your taste buds.
There's a caramel,raisin,coffee,toffee thing,with the hops to balance and then step up some in a nice aftertaste with another sweet hint...granola?

Mouth A tad bit confusing here but in a nice way There's some slight of hand as it seems rather full bodied and viscous at first then lightens up and seems to thin some as the hops and carbonation appear. Sort of unique,how you get robust and drinkability woven together.

Drinkability is high for a beer with the word "Stout" on the label. Alcohol %..whatever it is,isn't noticed aside from you won't call it "Lite"
Seabright Brewery had a draft Oatmeal Stout that was big,beefy,intense...lunch in a mug,this,is no less but the target was different. The brewer WANTED tasty-smooth as silk-drinkable...and nailed it.

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Photo of WolfmanK
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like pitch with a tan to nearly brown head that is thick and has some staying power.

It smells of smoke and caramel

Taste is really nice. Tastes of smoke and very slight coffee, but let it warm up a bit there is a nice coco/bitter chocolate flavor that comes through once the beer hits 50 degrees or so.

Finishes sweet and clean but not too sweet, for an oatmeal stout this leans toward the dry side which I really like.

This is a great example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assuredly, this is one of the best stouts I have had in awhile. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a creamy, meringue-like tan head. Looks very inviting. The aroma is full and well rounded with the sweetness of chocolate, ripe raisins and caramel among other things. Complex and very appealing. Makes me want to take a sip, so here goes…

The flavor is very smooth and chocolaty and layered with the pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts. The body is velvety and light to medium in texture. Not as chocolaty as Rogue’s CS, this one is more mellow. Overall, this is a beautiful looking and great tasting stout. Not too sweet or dry or overbearing in any way. It’s just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Source
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the 12oz bottle as part of a mix-n-match 6 pack.

A: Stout black with 1mm tan head which quickly faded to a nice lace ring.

S: Subtle malt, chicory, and milk chocolate.

T: Full bodied and complex with malt, coffee, and cocoa up front with a nice lingering hop sour cherry finish.

M: Really a pleasure to let warm and sip slowly. The kind you want to let roll around on your tongue for several seconds before you swallow to get all the flavors. Would pair nicely with a fine maduro cigar.

D: I could easily drink these all night. Nice moderate abv. Really a fine beverage.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.
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